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Looking back at expansion with Ferreira: “You get absolutely no respect”

May 19th, 2017 at 4:10 PM
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Jack Ferreira, the Kings’ Senior Advisor and Special Assistant to the General Manager, has lots of interesting experience putting teams together, just as George McPhee is currently doing with the Vegas Golden Knights. The original general manager of the San Jose Sharks and the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, Ferreira oversaw the construction of two front offices during a period in which the National Hockey League expanded aggressively into warm weather markets.

The two expansion drafts he oversaw were vastly different. In San Jose, there was also the need to claim players from Minnesota roster via a dispersal draft before both the Sharks and North Stars fully stocked their rosters in the actual expansion draft.

Two years later, he experienced a quick turnaround between his hiring in the spring of 1993 and the late June expansion draft the Ducks shared with the Florida Panthers and ultimately put together a team that hung tough in the playoff race.

Ferreira, who advocated for a blacked out tooth in the Sharks’ original logo – an idea nixed by the league – and who learned of the Mighty Ducks’ initial logo when Michael Eisner dug out a prototype from his desk, spoke with LA Kings Insider about constructing an expansion team from scratch.

LA Kings Insider: What did you learn in San Jose that influenced how you operated when you were hired by Anaheim?
Jack Ferreiera: You get absolutely no respect, whether it’s from officials, other teams. I mean, other teams come in, you win, and, ‘they had a bad night.’ No one gives you any respect for doing anything right. And the other thing I learned because of that, I wanted a team with size. So when I went to Anaheim, we had a big team, and we ended up winning 33 games that year. 19 on the road. You didn’t get the top officials. I was in the third year in Anaheim and one of the linesmen who is now in the Hall of Fame, he said to me, he says, ‘wow, what a wonderful building!’ He says, ‘this is the first time I’ve been here,’ and we had been in existence three years. So it was still where you didn’t get as much respect as you really wanted. And I was …

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Tags: Anaheim Ducks, Expansion Draft, Jack Ferreira, NHL News, San Jose Sharks

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